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potts joins us from washington with more on how the president plans to rescue the economy. tracie, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. today the president will deliver that speech in a state where one of his harshest critics is from, republican leader john boehner, and from a region that's been hit hard by unemployment. the president's expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy, individuals earning over $200,000 and couples over the $250,000. plus, he wants to spend $50 billion on transportation projects and create $200 billion in business tax breaks, allowing small businesses to write off capital investments next year, giving them more cash to hire new workers. >> we're talking investments in tomorrow that are creating hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs right now. >> all of it paid for by ending tax breaks for big companies. republicans say it's the wrong approach. >> i don't think the american people want any more stimulus spending coming out of washington. we need to get our arms around the out-of-control spending. >> it's a pro-business agen
his plan yesterday to use the infrastructure to put americans on track and back to work building rail ways and roads. they wasted no time blasting the proposal as the gop blamed the president for putting the country in reverse. tracie potts joins us from washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the poll numbers show we're not satisfied with the economy, not satisfied with the president who is trying to fix it. president obama says he has a new plan that will put americans back to work. the white house says it's not a stimulus but the idea is similar, $50 billion for infrastructure, fixing 150,000 miles of roads, 4,000 miles of rail, 150 miles of runways and building a new air traffic control system. >> anybody want more delays at airports? >> no! >> no, i didn't think so. >> president obama says it will create jobs and won't cost a dime of borrowed money. >> this is a plan that will be fully paid for. it will not add to the deficit over time. >> republicans attacked saying americans are skeptical about more spending. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell says they're stil
for holding up his tax plan to prop up small businesses and the middle class. nbc's tracie potts joins us live now from capitol hill. good morning. >> good morning. republicans are digging in, not all of his own party members are on board. and all of this less than two months before a key election. how to win a tax fight and an election. first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> reporter: then put pressure on your opponents. >> we simply don't have time any more to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over $250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty partisan fight heading into november. more than two dozen democrats now disagree with president obama. republicans aren't wavering. >> republicans are united. no tax increases on nobody. >> reporter: even house leader john boehner who suggested sunday he might support the president is now backing off. >> if that is your only option, as you said sunday, would you vote -- >> i want to extend all of the current tax rates -- >> reporter: tuesday's primary app
be moved. crews used saws to dismantle the 1957 aero commander, which experienced engine failure shortly after takeoff. fortunately, no one was hurt. >>> and no vehicle is safe in detroit, not even the mayor's. an suv, part of the mayor's security detail, was robbed of its wheels and put up on cinder blocks. the vehicle was parked outside a gated detroit condo, but it's not clear why the vehicle was there. police are now investigating. >>> now for a look at your national and regional weather, let's check in with nbc meteorologist bill karnins witha busy weather channel forecast. bill? >> good morning, lynn. all eyes are on earl. this is a monster of a storm, one of the strongest to threaten the east coast of the united states. it's been since 1950, a hurricane called helene, that was a category 4 that approached the outer banks, and this one is also a category 4 storm. if this track goes inland, just any little deviation, this could be a very destructive event. as of now, though, it's supposed to remain just barely off the coast. here's the forecast path from the hurricane center, showin
in june 2009, recovery began 14 months ago. but not for millions of us, the president acknowledged. >> the challenge is that the hole was so deep that a lot of people out there are still hurting. >> reporter: and when a wall street ceo complained -- we have felt like a pinata. maybe you don't feel like you're whacking us with a stick, but we certainly feel we've been getting whack with a stick. >> reporter: the president staged a comeback. >> i think most folks on main street feel like they've been beat up on. >> reporter: and he will not okay tax cuts for anthony caramucci and his friends. >> 86% of that going to people making $1 million or more and lowered the deficit at the same time. i don't have the math. >> reporter: but will he have the votes after november to keep steering the recovery? i'm steve handelsman. nbc news, capitol hill. >>> house republican leaders plan to unveil a roughly 20 point governing agenjengenda fo next congress on thursday amid crucial elections they're hoping will give them control the chamber. the agenda is expected to focus on job, spending, heath c
constituents may be most frustrated by what congress did not get done. nbc's tracie potts has more for us from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, they got out without making a decision on the tax cuts. democrats want to extend them for the r for the middle class. republicans want to extend them for everyone. that decision now pushed back until after the election. in the house, 39 democrats side with republicans on that vote to adjourn without dealing with taxes. but there was a flurry of activity several items approved, including a 9/11 victims compensation fund that will be reopened and the government will also pay for health care for ground zero workers. that had been opposed, saying it was another big $7 billion entitlement program. a temporary spending bill was passed. the government's fiscal year ends today. temporary spending bill will allow the government to continue operate for another two months, and some major changes coming to nasa. the space shuttle program and the space station will continue, but the constellation program sending astronauts back to the moo
carolina's coast. as officials ordered mandatory evacuations for all visitors. >> they have asked us to leave. so we're going to have to cut our vacation short this year. >> to the north of new england, many were making that same decision. ferries filled with vacationers headed out or emergency vehicles headed onto vulnerable islands as last-minute preparations kicked into high gear. >> once it starts, you could sit here and watch and the boats are bouncing and breaking loose. you can't get at them. >> reporter: knowing that north carolina is just the storm's first stop. >> it's going to be a very close call for much of the east coast. >> reporter: and earl may be far from done with its destruction. as we get more light now officials say they are going to be going out doing damage assessments, also the coast guard going to be doing fly-overs. the coast guard has search and rescue choppers ready to go if needed. >> kristen, thanks. in a minute, much more on earl from meteorologist bill karins. >>> meanwhile an oil platform fire right off the louisiana coast sparked fears of another oi
in u.s. history and is finally declared dead. >>> home sweet home. an american hiker jailed in iran for more than a year speaks out. >>> and house arrest. actor randy quaid and his wife in hot water again. this time, accused of squatting. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pick time zone. i'm lynn berry and today we begin with mission finally accomplished. bp said a permanent seal is in a place at the bottom of the gulf of mexico. however, killing the catastrophic well off is a bittersweet victory for gulf coast residents who fear they'll be battling the effects of the nation's worst environmental disaster for years to come. nbc's jay gray has our report. >> reporter: it began april 20th with a massive fireball and deadly flames cutting through the night air as the deepwater horizon rig exploded then collapsed. 11 fives were lost and oil began to seep into the gulf. the start of the worst spill in u.s. history. now 154 days later government scientists say the final seal, barrels of cement,
back to work. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more. tracy, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. traditionally labor day has been the day we celebrate american workers of the problem is, a lot of them, millions of them, are not working. president obama will deliver an increasingly difficult message urging them to hang on. this afternoon president obama spends labor day with union leaders in milwaukee. union leaders say what has traditionally been a day of celebration has become a day of frustration for many. >> 11 million people out of work, i have less to be thankful for than those on wall street doing quite well. >> reporter: unemployment creeped up to 9.6%. jobs are being created but not nearly fast enough to ploy the millions left jobless in this recession. today and in cleveland on wednesday, the president will talk about the slow recovery and urge congress to approve $100 billion in tax breaks for small businesses. >> that's really what the bottom line is, small businesses are the engine of growth. government doesn't create the jobs. all we do is help train people
elections, it could reach a boiling point. nbc's tracie potts joins us live now from capitol hill. good morning. >> reporter: it is clear the battle lines are drawn despite what we saw yesterday may have been a hint of compromise between republicans and the democratic party. republican john boehner hinting he might support president obama's plan to extend tax cuts only forethose who make up to $250,000. not for people who make more than that. but the republican party, other member, came back and made it very clear that they want these bush tax cuts extended for everyone, including the so-called wealthy, because they say those are the job creators in our society. jobs that right now are so desperately needed. interestingly, it's not a completely partisan fight, because at least three democrats agree that these cuts should be extended for everyone until the economy is on better footing. so we're looking at two deadlines coming up. first of all, the cuts expiring by the end of the year and, also, the effect of this election coming up in just a few weeks in november. lynn? >> absolutely. tr
november. incomes's tracie potts joins us with the latest. good morning, tracie. >> reporter: good morning. the international is confirming what we heard from nancy pelosi and the house, they will not deal with the tax issue until after november's election, after you go to vote. senate majority leader harry reid say they go sat down with democrats in the senate but couldn't work out an idea of how they would proceed with this in the senate. the idea here is whether or not to preserve the bush tax cuts for everyone or just for the middle class and let taxes go up on the wealthy. it's a political hot potato. not one democrat seems to want to touch this before everyone goez to the polls. they backed a small business bill, now going to the president's desk. $30 billion to set up a new fund for small businesses to get loans so that they can expand, so they can hire people. the gop called this a bailout and they've got a new plan going into november calling it their pledge to america. reduce tax cuts and make them permanent for everyone. >> tracie potts, thank you. >>> once again, the iranian pr
are served with a wiretap order. right now those services using what's known as peer-to-peer software are difficult to intercept, because they're not routed through a central hub. according to the "times," the bill, which the obama administration plans to submit to congress next year, raises fresh questions about how to balance security needs with a question of privacy. >>> the bishop of a georgia mega church has broken his silence, speaking to his congregation for the first time since being accused of luring four young men into sexual relationships. in a fiery speech, eddie long vowed to fight the allegations and lawsuits, claiming that the church leader, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage, gave the young men gifts and took them on trips in an attempt to seduce them. federal and state authorities say they won't investigate the allegations because all four men have said they were 17 or 18 when the relationships began. the state of georgia's age of sexual consent is 16 years old. >>> today nbc news is proud to kick off "education nation" here at 30 rock. it is a special week of prog
it a symbol of hate, asking the u.s. government to step in and for muslims to stay calm. military, political, and religious leaders are among those urging the pastor to cancel the event. >> this act would only call for new hate and violence. >> i am heartened by the clear unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act that has come from american religious leaders of all faiths. >> reporter: jones and the dove world outreach center congregation have received hundreds of death threats, and church leaders now carry weapons. >> it's a smith & wesson .40 caliber. >> reporter: and isolated protests launching international concerns of widespread ramifications. leanne gregg, nbc news. >>> well, in ohio yesterday president obama turned up the heat on the republican party, continuing his assault on the gop policies that he says put the economy in a rut in the first place. the president also talked up his own economic plan to prop up the middle class by raising taxes on the wealthy. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: in the election-year fight over taxes, president obama nee
night, the gop establishment was once again upended by the tea party. tracie potts joins us now from capitol hill with more. tra an interesting evening. >> reporter: in new hampshire still counting votes in the republican senate primary there. as of now we und that kelly ayot is about 1,000 points ahead but the vote countying continues there. as you said, this is the year of the tea party. they seem to be upsetting some party favorites. >> don't ever underestimate the power of we the people. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: the tea party favorite who republicans said couldn't be elected dog catcher won the party's senate nomination in delaware, and in new york, political newcomer paladino overcame the 40-point lead to become the republican candidate for governor. >> if we've learned anything tonight, it's that new yorkers are as mad as hell. >> reporter: he'll take on democrat andrew cuomo. also in new york, 40-year-old charlie rangel beat the democrat and a dozen ethics charges for his bid to stay in washington. >> no matter what they say, i go back to washington stronger than e
this country fall backwards because of rest of us didn't care enough to fight. >> reporter: in interviews he's even tougher. the president told "rolling stone" the democrats "sitting on their hands complaining are irresponsible." republicans and even some democrats say beating up the base may backfire. >> out there trying to terrify them, and put all of these scare tactics out there and hope that the fear will drive them to the polls. >> reporter: mr. obama's on a four-day swing to drum up support amid a faltering economy. >> i don't think there's one specific sector to put the blame on. >> reporter: nearly one therpd of american dos. in a new poll, the percentage who blame mr. obama for america's economic growth has almost doubled since january. consumed by the tea party, republicans say they've got momentum. >> not there on the democrat side as much as the republican side. >> reporter: expect more heated rhetoric as president obama rallies in iowa and virginia today. and if this president can't get it done with a tough love message, perhaps another president can. i in our nbc/"wall street
a congressional hearing this week. >> many questions must be answered by all of us, whose job it is to protect our people. >> 811 -- >> reporter: protection seems too late for many of the san bruno residents who finally got the all-clear on sunday to go home. >> i'm anxious. you know, when we left, i thought i'm leaving all of 36 years of memories in the house, and i may never see them again. >> reporter: memories now tainted with many unanswered question's. frances kuo, nbc news. >>> a look at some other stories making news early today in america. in alabama a police officer is recovering after a bizarre series of accidents sent him to the emergency room. the officer was first thrown 50 yards off his motorcycle when it crashed and caught fire. this after a vehicle moved out of line during a funeral procession. an ambulance responded to the scene but soon after en route to the hospital it overturned and caught fire. the officer suffered multiple broken bones and significant trauma to his legs and arms. >>> more than 25,000 people filled new york's central park for a five kilometer race for the cur
the blown out well behind the worst offshore oil spill in the u.s. history. for more on that, we go to kristin dahlgren, live in for us in louisiana with more. kristin, good morning. >> good morning to you, lynn. day 150 and word that that relief well that they started drilling shortly after this all started has finally intersected with the 2 1/2 miles below the floor of the gulf. admiral thad allen said that the two wells were connected and that the next step was to pump mud and cement down into that well to permanently seal it off. one step in the recovery. oil continues to wash ashore. and take a look at these pictures. so many dead fish. almost looks like a gravel road. scientists say it was caused by lack of oxygen and it's not uncommon here, but people are asking that the oil dispersants didn't play into that. meantime, bp's outgoing ceo tony hayward inflamed so many temperses defended bp's record testifying in britain saying there is no need to rethink deepwater drilling. meantime, here in louisiana, a push to start up the deepparty drilling to get the oil workers back to wor
with some claiming democrats were using the issue to score political points. steve handelsman has more. >> i stand here today on two good legs again as a proud, gay marine. >> reporter: democrats rolled out their big guns. eric alfa, one of the first warriors hurt in the war. >> someone who served in battle and others new i was gay and it did not matter. >> reporter: alva got a medical discharge, but since don't ask, don't tell took effect in 1993, 13,000 men and women have been kicked out of the military. >> but it's long past time to repeal this policy, which is both unjust, un-american and extremely hurtful to the effectiveness of our military. >> reporter: but republicans blocked the vote. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: john mccain opposes repeal. >> the senate goes down this path we would be ignoring the views of the troops an casting aside the professional military advice given by each of the four service chiefs. >> reporter: in fact, just before president obama awarded a medal of honor to the marine he's chosen to keep in command of the corps said, don't let gays serve o
franzen is live for us at the united nations in new york. good morning, michelle. >> reporter: good morning, amara. he will have his work cut out for him. many of the same foreign policy issues that have been taken up here throughout the years still exist. certainly combat units in iraq left at the end of august. but nearly 50,000 u.s. troops remain in iraq mainly to train security forces. in afghanistan, troops have been increased in that region. and also insurgent attacks have also been increased. you mentioned peace in the middle east, earlier this month there were talks between israeli and palestinian leaders. so far though no more direct talks are scheduled. at the same time, the president is also having to deal with the domination of domestic issues here at home, jobs, also the mid-term elections that are coming up in november and the president certainly in his three-day trip here has also taken time to attend a major fund-raiser for the democrats. >> thank you for that report, michelle. >>> for many today, additional health benefits go in effect on this, the six-month anniver
that was seized by pirates off the coast of somalia is free this morning, after being rescued by the u.s. marines. navy officials say the marines seized control of the vessel and captured the alleged pirates without firing a single shot. no one was hurt, partly because the crew had managed to kill the ship's engines before locking themselves in a panic room-style chamber. >>> a new gallop ranking says the united states is fifth most generous country on earth. >>> the dow opens at 10,015 after gaining, the nasdaq rose 7. in overseas, in tokyo nikkei claimed 140 points, in hong kong the hang scene up 90. >>> with wall street still looking for a momentum of its own, stocks rose thursday, thanks to upbeat data that lifted hopes that the economic recovery may be resuming. early on the s&p 500 touched a one-month high after data showed new claims for unemployment insurance fell to their lowest level in two months last week. trading was also fueled by data showing the u.s. trade deficit narrowed sharply in july, reflecting big gains in sales of u.s.-made airplanes and other manufactured goods while impo
declares an end to the u.s. combat role in iraq after seven long years. >>> will it hit or will it miss? the east coast gets ready for hurricane earl. and sink or swim. a pool turns into a parking spot and sink or swim. a pool turns into a parking spot for one car in florida. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> this is "early today" for wednesday, september 1, 2010. >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with turning the page. president obama addressed the nation from the oval office last night, putting an official end to the united states combat role in iraq. the president thanked americans for paying a, quote, huge price during the seven-year war saying it's time to move forward without closing the book on the future of iraq. nbc's tracie potts is in washington with more. tracy, good morning >> reporter: lynn, good morning. with the military operations in iraq behind us, president obama said last night that looking forward, the next big mission is right here at home. >> the ame
states to sell his plan to fix the economy. tracie potts is in washington, d.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. you will see the president's events take on a distinct campaign-like feel. two goals swinging through several states. first of all, to energize young voters, and as you said, sell his economic recovery plan. it's a plan that now includes a new $30 billion fund for small businesses. he signed that into law yesterday. the idea is to provide them more money so these businesses can expand, and hopefully hire more workers and affect the low jobless rate in this country. this is a message he'll take to albuquerque, new mexico, today, as president obama continues with the white house called a series of backyard meetings with voters. something that worked in his campaign that he's hoping will work in this election as well. and then later tonight, a big rally at the university of wisconsin to draw those young voters. as we get closer to this election, more criticism from democrats, from the white house on republ
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